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'''Johann David Wyss''' (May 28, 1743 in Bern – January 11, 1818 in Bern) was a Swiss author, best remembered for his book ''The Swiss Family Robinson'' (''Der schweizerische Robinson'') (1812). It is said that he was inspired by Daniel Defoe's ''Robinson Crusoe'', but wanted to write a story from which his own children would learn, as the father in the story taught important lessons to his children. ''The Swiss Family Robinson'' was first published in 1812 and translated into English two years later. It has since become one of the most popular books of all time. The book was edited by his son, Johann Rudolf Wyss, a scholar who wrote the Rufst du, mein Vaterland|Swiss national anthem. Another son, Johann Emmanuel Wyss, illustrated the book."Johann David Von Wyss." ''Major Authors and Illustrators for Children and Young Adults'', 2nd ed., 8 vols. Gale Group, 2002. Reproduced in ''Biography Resource Center''....
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